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Kobe Bryant's $8,599,000 House Is For Sale

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The Laker great is selling his great big home in beautiful Newport Beach. YES, I'd love to buy it, for the hair salon alone! For real, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant have a hair salon IN their home. Well, make that, the home they have now listed for sale. Oh, how I'd love to never have to leave the house in a scrunchy! I'm assuming that salon comes with a staffer equipped with a blow dryer, curling iron, shine spray and extensions! And to think I was happy to get "his and her" sinks in my home. (Not sure why Kobe needs a salon, then again he probably can't just pop into a Supercuts, or even Jose Eber)

I've worked with Kobe on a number of occasions. He's a Wednesday's Child fan favorite. The Black Mamba even whipped off his basketball shoes and gave them to our kids from foster care. Yet despite such kindness and generosity I've not once been invited to a backyard BBQ. Hhmm...  So, on that note, I can only analyze from afar and dream the American Dream through the realtor listing.

Location, location, location:
The Kobe crib is a tad far from Laker-land. It's in Newport Beach. If ya love the OC like I do, it is a perfect get-away. The ultimate in stay-cation. (I once saw the lovely Mrs. Bryant and kids at a nail salon in Newport while visiting a friend. I'm sure she/they'll be missed. Where are they're moving TO? Report is they have other LA homes.)

Call your realtor?
Curious to learn more, even if the Bryant bungalow isn't within budget? It's 8500 square feet. It's a mansion, although Google homes for sale in the OC and you might find it to be a mini-mansion. There's a current listing for a home at $17-million. Kobe's is a mere $8.6 mil.

Bragging Rights:
What gets me is the money it appears he'll make off the sale. The humble home originally sold for $1.7 mil back in 1997. While the housing market is just starting to pick up after the bubble burst I'm guessing there are a lot of upgrades. AND, who wouldn't want to say they bought the home of a Laker great. I have a friend who bought the home of some Hollywood starlet from back-in-the-day, and trust me, it's big bragging rights.(Although, for the life of me, I just can't remember the name of the Hollywood lady legend)

Upgrades and extravagance:
Let's look at the upgrades. A shark tank. Kind of puts my sister's little bowl with the lonely blue Betta fish to shame.

The realtor listing says "ALL remodeling was done by the current owners!" Vanessa, girlfriend, your kitchen is to die for!

The home has four bedrooms and seven bathrooms. As a woman... you can never have too many bathrooms.(Oh, wait, thinking of a public place, like The Staples Center.)

OOOOhhhhh.... again, frothing at the mouth. There's a "newly added tremendous finished walk in closet." Ya had me at the word "closet" but sealed the deal with the word "tremendous."

There's an "all new state of the art theater."(which explains why I've never seen Kobe and kids at the movies at Universal Citywalk… or Landmark Theaters in Westwood... or Arclight in Hollywood. Come to think of it... can Kobe ever just... go to the movies???)

There's a gym. No surprise. One of the fittest guys on the planet has to have a home gym.(You didn't really expect to see Kobe at LA Fitness did you?)

Kobe's castle:
It's described as a "Magnificent Mediterranean Estate!" Per the listing it boasts "unobstructed ocean and city light views." Well, that alone is priceless. It's set behind "massive private gates."(You mean... we couldn't have just walked up to Kobe's door? Not even to sell Girl Scout Cookies?) I envision the "resort quality grounds."(Which for me is limited to vacation. I highly recommend Hawaii and Cabo.)

The listing says "this is a one of a kind estate!" Um, hello. It's Kobe's crib! And this King has a pretty cool castle. If only the walls could/would talk!

You can see the official listing that Kobe and his wife Vanessa put up, which shows they are selling the estate in Newport Beach for $8.6 million.

FOX 11's Liz Habib crunched some numbers for me: Put down about $1.2 million, get a 30-year loan at 3.8% and your monthly payment will be in the ballpark of $32,000.

So doable.

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